Last February, The Goldwater reported on a 42-year-old man and his 20-year-old daughter who wanted to wed, the same man is now accused of having a child with his biological daughter before killing her, the baby and woman's adoptive father before killing himself. Officials said Thursday, Steven Pladl was found dead in his vehicle in Dover, N.Y. several miles from where he murdered his daughter, Katie, and her adopted father in New Milford, Connecticut.
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Witnesses reported gunshots around 8:40 a.m. and when police responded they found two victims in a truck at an intersection on Route 7. New Milford Police Lieutenant Lawrence Ash said a window had been shot out of the victim's truck and police began searching for Pladl's Honda minivan.
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Those two murders happened after Pladl reportedly killed his 7-month-old child in North Carolina. The child was found deceased inside the home but authorities did not release specific details about her death. Both Steven and Katie were living in the home when they were originally investigated for having an incestuous relationship.
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Steven's attorney said, "My understanding is that when Katie Pladl and Steven Pladl were arrested, that my client’s mother moved into that house to take care of their biological son." After the pair were arrested for incest in January, Pladl was let out of jail on a $1 million bond but his daughter Kaite remained in Wake County Detention Center until February when she posted a $12,000 secured bond.
Pladl and his ex-wife Alyssa gave up their daughter Katie as an infant in the 1990's but they were recently reunited in 2016 after Katie tracked them down. "There are no words to describe the sense of betrayal and disgust I'm feeling," Alyssa said. "I waited 18 long years to have a relationship with my daughter – and now he's completely destroyed it."
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